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Take those chances and you can achieve greatness, whereas if you go conservative, you’ll never know... Even if you fail, learning and moving on is sometimes the best thing.

 –  Danica Patrick, winningest woman in the history of American car racing
In the newsletter this week, we’ve got Chloe Ting’s visible abs, an oddly effective fitness device, and help in fighting millennial burnout. Read on...

It’s incredible how even the tragic events of our lives can guide us to breakthroughs. Selina Tobaccowala spent her career in the intense and driven world of tech, getting promoted to management roles at Evite and Ticketmaster.

But she neglected her health, and never exercised—until the sudden death of her mentor prompted her to get more active. Realizing there was an unmet need for more convenient workouts, she co-founded a fitness app, Gixo, to get people moving with livestreamed fitness classes. The app was a hit and, two years after its launch, it was acquired by Openfit, part of Beachbody.  

When asked in an interview what characteristics gave her advantages in her fitness career, Tobaccowala explained how being impatient can actually be a superpower: “I would say that, from my perspective, one of the keys is, actually, I'm not a very patient person. And although that might not be seen as a general advantage, it is sort of an impatience with the status quo, with what's out there, and being able to be curious and question and say, ‘Why are things working this way? How are things working?’ So we constantly try to think about how to make it better: ‘How can I improve on what's there?’”

Wishing you patience with your own impatience this week,  Katherine & Linda
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Chloe Ting and the seductive siren-song of “visible abs”
Can you actually “get abs” (visible abs, that is) in two weeks? Probably not, but with 12.3 million YouTube subscribers, Chloe Ting can be forgiven the exaggeration. Living in Melbourne, Australia, Ting started out as a beauty, fashion, and travel blogger, but the pandemic plus TikTok made her a fitness star.

Some critics have complained Chloe’s videos are “clickbaity” due to quick-results claims, but fans say the workouts make them “feel stronger and more capable.” In this video compiling viewers’ shared results, Ting counsels: “You’re not supposed to be able to finish the workout the first week or so. Go at your own pace and don’t compare yourself to me or anyone else.”

Try this: If you want to start with Ting’s most-popular workouts, her top-ranked video is her 11-minute Get Abs in 2 Weeks workout, with more than 190 million views. For a more complete workout, Ting’s 30 minute Full-Body Workout to Burn Fat moves through a conventional no-equipment cardio routine.

If you dig feeling the burn with these, Ting’s 100% free site lays out many more videos organized into programs
Chloe Ting's Get Abs in 2 Weeks
Cheap yet oddly effective fitness device: the ab wheel

An ab wheel is a fitness device with the sole purpose of working your core, but it does so extremely cheaply and effectively. An ab wheel rollout extends the body into a moving plank, which engages multiple core muscles simultaneously and fortifies the spine. “Essentially, it is a great exercise to work the entire upper body,” explains personal trainer Jeanette Jenkins

Form is key to safety in this movement—overusing the hip flexors limits the effectiveness of the movement. This instructive video can help you prepare for doing ab wheel rollouts by practicing with a stability ball rollout. When you’ve mastered that, check out these videos demonstrating proper form and multiple variations. 

The ab wheel device itself is available on Amazon for less than $30, which makes it an affordable addition to your home gym. But be warned: this movement is tougher than it looks!
How to fight “Millennial burnout” & stay motivated
Millennial burnout: a feeling of being overwhelmed, inability to complete errands, avoidance of mundane low-reward tasks. Sound familiar? This isn’t just a millenial problem—a 2019 survey found that 76% of employees experience burnout on the job.

When your job expects you to be on-call 24/7, it blurs the line between paid work and the rest of your life. The “rise and grind” mentality of hustle culture doesn’t leave enough room for rest and relaxation.

Some symptoms of work burnout: have you become cynical or critical at work? Irritable and impatient? Do you drag yourself to work, or lack satisfaction in your achievements?
You can fight burnout by prioritizing sleep, promoting physical and mental fitness, and eating nutritious food. Psychologically, it may help to learn the principles of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, a practice that encourages self-care and self-compassion.

Remember that what is happening in your life at any given moment does not define or restrict the past or the future. Keeping things in perspective can help you calibrate how to react, and be more resilient in dealing with setbacks. For further reading, check out wellness author Brad Stuberg’s advice on millennial burnout, which includes “focus on process over outcomes” and “prime yourself for flow”.
 Halle Berry’s 20-minute workout that combines jumping rope with of calisthenics

5 relaxing hand stretches to soothe you after a day of typing & scrolling  

 For runners: mobility exercises for your iliotibial (IT) band, to keep you moving pain-free  

 Could berries and bananas be a hidden contributor to the obesity epidemic? Is fruit fattening? 

 HIIT for lung health: a study showed that a thrice-weekly 20-minute high intensity interval training routine provided a clinically-significant help for people with asthma

 A list of the best online ballet classes
Thanks for reading, Fit Girls! We’ll return to your inbox next week with more inspiration and knowledge. Got a tip for us or opinion to share? Email us—we love your feedback. Enjoyed this issue? Please forward to a friend—your referrals help us grow!
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